The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has intimated that the war by the Minority against the controversial E-levy is not yet over.
The North Tongu MP averred that the Minority will continue to fight against the controversial bill to see a fair end to it. He stated that one day, the Minority shall tell the full story about the machinations they have endured and overcome in the epic war to defeat E-Levy.
“To us, the war against the E-Levy isn’t over and we are not about to give up. Indeed, we are only warming up. This is the battle of our lives.”Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa
According to Okudzeto Ablakwa, for five months, the Minority has stood by Ghanaians in fiercely resisting the E-Levy and standing up to a government desperately determined to do everything by “hook or crook” to impose the most unpopular tax policy of the Fourth Republic. He stated that it takes grit, strategy and integrity to sustain a hung Parliament resistance of this kind for this long.
“If anyone doubted the stubborn insensitivity of this government, just look at the extent they went in violating the dignity of their own extremely sick colleague MP by dragging him to the precincts of Parliament in an ambulance. That is not superior political tactic, it is heartless politics without regard for human life. Politics must not be this ugly and barbaric.”Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa
Mr. Ablakwa averred that Ghanaians should not forget that if not for the resistance of NDC MPs since November last year, Ghanaians would have been paying the E-Levy as far back as January 2022. “Many didn’t give us credit to mount such a formidable and long-drawn campaign against oppressor’s rule.”
We’ve not come far to play mind games
Okudzeto Ablakwa assured that the Minority has not come this far to be induced or play mind games with the people who sent them to Parliament or the larger Ghanaian populace who are depending on them for “collective salvation from a government that has gained notoriety for imposing excruciating economic hardships”.
The MP requested those who think they can break the Minority’s resolve by peddling blatant falsehoods and dabbling in devious character assassination to revise their strategies. He stated that an obvious trust in Ghanaian politicians is at an all-time low mainly due to gross deception and failed promises but that should not “make us paint all politicians with the same brush”.
“At least, it’s important to bear in mind that it is not NDC politicians who conceived of the E-Levy, neither are we the ones forcing it down the throats of the suffering masses despite overwhelming public agitation.”Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa
Okudzeto Ablakwa intimated that the NDC has also made it clear that in the unlikely event of an eventual passage of the E-Levy, it shall abolish the regressive and obnoxious tax immediately it assumes power in 2025. “May our clear conscience, purity of heart and unflinching resolve not to betray the Ghanaian people vindicate us in the final analysis.”
Meanwhile, NDC lawyers have successfully commenced an action at the Supreme Court for reliefs which include a declaration that per Article 104(1) of the 1992 Constitution and on the authority of its recent decision in the Justice Abdulai case, the purported passage of the Electronic Transfer Bill, 2021 by 136 NPP MPs is null, void and of no effect.